This Is My Body: One Girl’s Journey From Doubt to Belief

Joanna and I became friends in college, when I was a junior and she was a freshman. Her family had converted to Catholicism when she was a teenager and she struggled to embrace their new beliefs. I was a theology major who loved my Catholic faith and a good discussion. Joanna would often knock on my door, offer me a pudding snack, and spend hours grilling me about the Church.

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Standing Up For Truth: It’s Worth It

However, I've heard so many people attack what they think the Catholic Church is saying about homosexuality and gay marriage that I want to clear things up a bit.

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The Path of Joy for Evangelization: Pope Benedict’s 2012 World Youth Day message

Dear young friends,

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Thou Shalt NOT Have Fun

My image of God the Father, enthroned in heaven in flowing white robes and Birkenstock sandals, was overshadowed by my certainty that he didn't want me to have any fun. Not only was God all about rules, he'd drop anybody that strayed off his path. Parochial school should have taught me how to live but instead I learned how not to die and burn. The result was that I treated Moses' Commandments with the same reverence I reserved for one of Letterman's 'Top Ten' lists.

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Close Your Eyes: Porn and The Sixth Commandment

I was once told that the easiest way to remember commandment number 'six' is that it sounds like 'sex.' At the time I thought it was just another lame example from my youth minister.

The funny thing is – I still remember it.

What wasn't funny, however, is that at the time I somehow thought the 'don't commit adultery' commandment had little to do with me, an unmarried sixteen year old. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The truth is that this commandment isn't only for married people. It's violated by all ages … including teenagers … almost daily.

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St. Joseph: The Ultimate Dad

In St. Joseph, then, we're given a glimpse into the heart of God the Father. It would be completely illogical to think, after all the trouble of the incarnation, that he would fail to choose a man who reflected his divine image of paternal love with the highest possible measure of human faithfulness.

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Why Do Catholics Genuflect in a Church?

Catholics genuflect in Church in order to show our reverence to the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Genuflection is defined as 'A reverence made by bending the knee, especially to express adoration of the Blessed Sacrament' (CCC 1378). As we walk into the house of God, a Church, we show our adoration for Him by kneeing before Him.

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I’m Lost: Understanding How Men and Women Communicate

Also, eye contact is important. How many times does the person you're speaking to feel they have your undivided attention? Turn off screens … get away from them. Eye contact is the quickest and simplest way to acknowledge Christ in the other.

Now, if you're having a 'conversation' through a screen, ask yourself if that's the best medium to be using to have that conversation. Words can be misread and mistaken. Do you ever text just 'because you don't want to get into a long conversation?' Go the extra mile. Don't text when you can call. Don't call when you can sit face to face. Don't sit face to face and have your mind in another area code. A huge part of authentic communication is emotional presence, not only physical presence.

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Why Are You So Different?: When God Made Man and Woman

Man lives more in the external world, because made from the earth and closest to it; it is his mission to rule over it and subject it. Woman lives more in the internal world, because she was created from an inner, human life.

Man is more interested in the outer world; woman in the inner world. Man talks about things; woman more about persons. Man fashions products of the earth; woman fashions life, having come from life, both Divine and human. Man, more related to the earth, makes sacrifices for things that are in the future and are abstract; woman, more related to the human, is more inclined to make sacrifices for persons and for that which is immediate.

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What If I Told You The Truth

Can you see the truth through the Religion vs. Jesus debate? We're praying for you as you talk about this issue and the viral video with your friends. We loved how well Peter Kreeft articulates this question about 'church' in his book Before I Go: Letters to Our Children about what Really Matters. Here is the truth, boiled down to the basics without any fancy distractions.

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